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Employer Practices That Help Businesses Keep Workers Happy and Efficient

Employer Practices That Help Businesses Keep Workers Happy and Efficient

The world spends a lot of time talking about relationships, like parents and children, wife and husband, girlfriend and boyfriend, etc. But people rarely pay attention to another big relation that makes up this world – employee and employer relation.

People around the world are working to make money to run their families and make their dreams come true. Some people are successful enough to have their own businesses and provide employment to the skillful individuals of the nation. There are lots of intricacies that exist in the employee and employer relationship and their understanding is important for both.

While employees have to keep performing well, stay punctual, and behave like professionals to become the favorites of their employers, there are even bigger responsibilities on the shoulders of employers. They have to keep their employees happy in order to keep them performing at the peak of their energies.

This needs to be done by the employer by following certain standards. They have to consistently stick to these best practices that guarantee a great relationship between the employer and the employees. What are those best practices? Given below are some of the most important ones:

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Pay Well and On Time

Of course, every employee in the world is working for money, and that’s exactly what the employers are running their businesses for. It is surprising how happy it makes employees when they get their salaries on time. You don’t have to pay them any extra incentives or bonuses every month. Just pay them on time and they will always admire this effort from you.

However, another important thing is to pay well. You don’t want to hire the most affordable employees available to you. You see someone in need and you offer a small salary for the big work that needs to be done.

While you might be able to easily find someone who would do the job even for that small sum of money, you will never be able to get the performance and attitude of going an extra mile for you from your employees. Employees love to return the favor, but they are just as consistent in returning the pain too.

Provide a Great Workplace Experience

Your employees spend 8 to 9 hours daily at your workplace, so you could call their workplace their second home. Making this second home safe and pleasing for them is extremely important in order to keep them productive and happy. Big companies are always very serious about their workplace experience.

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First, keep the workplace neat and clean with daily cleaners. Clean the toilets on a regular basis and provide air conditioning in your office if you can. If you can’t afford air conditioning, make sure you arrange for proper ventilation.

Keep the most comfortable furniture in the office that does not give back pains. Keep some refreshments for employees to have during their breaks. Have a pest control system that keeps the pests away from your office.

Install security cameras for the safety of your employees. Security alarms are also very important so your employees can stay safe during emergency situations like fire eruption, carbon monoxide leakage, etc. Keep the overall experience of your workplace clean and happy.

Workers Compensation

If you have a business where your workers are exposed to things that could potentially cause them injuries, you need to have workers’ compensation in place. Having workers’ compensation not only provides your employees benefits when something goes wrong, but it makes your employees loyal to you because they know you care about them. You have to know that a compensation policy serves as a great shield for you against work injury claims from your workers.

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If a worker gets injured at your workplace you provide them with the benefit of paying their monthly wages in addition to bearing the expenses on their medical procedures. In return, your employees are made to sign on a document that keeps them from going to court against you when such an injury takes place. However, they can take you to court if you refuse to give them their rightful benefits.

Team-Building Efforts

Employers that have foresight are very serious about team-building exercises. They will conduct these exercises regularly to keep the morale of their employees high and make them understand their value. Team-building exercises are conducted for individuals to know their potential, their value and role as part of a team, and the value of working as a team. Employees are able to discover their leadership qualities and any other qualities that they might not have known about beforehand.

Team-building exercises can be conducted within your office premises or by taking your employees to some other location for a day or two. Outdoor team building exercises are conducted by professionals from big companies that have outdoor venues near beaches, in the mountains, and on other refreshing spots for team building activities.

Appreciation and Interaction

Employers have to appreciate the efforts of their employees if they want them to be loyal. Why would you keep putting all your efforts toward things you never get credit for? Employers also have to find unique ways to appreciate their employees. A notice board where you can put the picture of employee of the month is one way of doing that. However, that is just not enough in modern times when employees know how other companies are treating their employees.

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You have to arrange functions and shows where you can reward your employees for their efforts. Such gatherings are also an important part of team-building exercises. You want your employees to interact and socialize with each other.

By rewarding them in front of hundreds of people, you give them the courage that makes them great performers in future. You can reward them by handing over some souvenir or a small cash prize. Distribution of USBs, t-shirts, Rubik’s cubes etc. with the name of your brand on these items is quite a strong way of marketing as well as making your employees happy.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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